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Nick Saban Swipes Top-100 Recruit From Baton Rouge
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Le’veon Moss had the chance to be a local legend. He attends Istrouma Senior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with an SEC powerhouse pretty much in his backyard.

LSU fans have been clamoring for Moss to join Ed Orgeron’s football program for years, but it appears that the Tigers took a backseat to the king of the SEC: Nick Saban‘s Alabama Crimson Tide.

Moss is top-100 recruit in the class of 2022, according to 247Sports. The four-star player is rated the No. 6 running back in the nation and the No. 5 overall recruit in the state of Louisiana. In 2019, Moss rushed for 1,200 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He is destined to play college football and will get the chance in a couple seasons.

Interestingly, Moss is not content with being “just” a running back. He works with his team’s wide receivers and is inspired by guys like Christian McCaffrey and the NFL RB who shares his first name.

RB Le’veon Moss Recruiting 

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LSU was the odds-on favorite to land Le’veon Moss for 2022, but the Tigers clearly had competition. Alabama, Memphis, Miami, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M and the Georgia Bulldogs have all given the running back scholarship offers.

Former Tigers running back and coach Kevin Faulk has made his presence known on the recruiting trail. Faulk speaks to Moss personally, and they have maintained a great relationship. Of course, COVID-19 has impacted a recruit’s ability to scope out schools.

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Alabama swooped in and earned a commitment from Moss, however. He took an official visit to Tuscaloosa on June 4 after the recruiting dead period ended. Two days later, he made his pledge to head coach Nick Saban by posting on Twitter.

?I?ve been talking to Coach (Nick) Saban,? Moss told 247Sports earlier this year. ?He?s more about your life after football than your football career. The way he talks to me makes it seem like he cares more about you being a man than just an athlete. I love their football program. They?ve been national champs five out of the last 11 years.?

Moss adds to an impressive amount of running back recruits Alabama has stockpiled, which is why they’ve produced so much NFL backfield talent.

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Moss is one of the faster high school prospects in the state of Louisiana. He ran a 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds and is a threat to score a TD every time he has the ball in his hands. If he can perfect his pass-catching, he will be even more dominant at the college level.

LSU was fresh off college football glory, but they had a down season in 2020 and couldn’t compete with Alabama, who hopes to win yet another College Football Playoff National Championship.

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Someone like Le’veon Moss on the roster would help with that goal. The Crimson Tide have a long history of NFL-caliber running backs, and they might be able to add to that list once again.

This post was originally published on December 8, 2020 but was updated after Moss’ commitment.

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Matt is a recent graduate of New York University with a degree in Sports Management. He is a passionate New York Yankees, New York Islanders, and Minnesota Vikings fan. He also has a podcast about minor league baseball called "On the Farm."
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